The DFM's Dr. Marie-Hélène Chomienne awarded an international Francophonie research chair

Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Dr. Marie-Hélène Chomienne and the uOttawa DFM logo

Congratulations to Dr. Marie-Hélène Chomienne!

Dr. Marie-Hélène Chomienne is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Investigator at the Department of Family Medicine as well as a Scientist and founding member of the Institut du Savoir Montfort. Dr. Chomienne, a renowned health care leader in our Francophone communities, was recently awarded the Chaire de recherche en francophonie internationale et santé de l’immigrant ou du réfugié d’Afrique francophone subsaharienne, an international Francophonie research chair that will focus on the health of immigrants and refugees from Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more about this research chair from the Office of the Vice-President, Research

Dr. Chomienne is an accomplished interdisciplinary researcher with interests in primary mental health care, determinants of health, and the health status of Francophone minority populations. Dr. Chomienne is also interested in primary health care services, the organization of primary care and improving primary care delivery through interprofessional collaboration. As an example, she currently leads a joint study with Hôpital Montfort on developing a model for chronic disease management within Family Health Teams, which includes psychologists. Dr. Chomienne has also been instrumental in several Global Health initiatives, including "Santé mondiale Montfort – Montfort Global Health" and "Projet Bénin", an international elective opportunity for University of Ottawa medical learners. 

In May 2020, Dr. Chomienne and two University of Ottawa medical students, Linda Mardiros and Saada Hussen, developed a research project to compare the perinatal health of women from sub-Saharan Africa living in Canada to that of the general population. The results of this study will help to personalize care for expectant mothers that is better suited to their needs. Read more about this study

In addition, Dr. Chomienne is one of six scientists at uOttawa and its associated research institutes receiving over $1 million in funding from the Government of Canada’s Knowledge Synthesis Grant: COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity in Mental Health and Substance Use. Dr. Chomienne is working in collaboration with Hôpital Montfort to investigate the mental well-being of Canadian hospital staff amid COVID-19. Read more about this study

As a family medicine hospitalist based at Hôpital Montfort, Dr. Chomienne oversees training for University of Ottawa family medicine residents and medical students on rotation in the wards. She works in family medicine outpatient clinics at Hôpital Montfort, and conducts home visits with a number of patients in Quebec.


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